Insects abound and the poems celebrate the world’s creepy-crawly beauty. A marvellous sequence is based on Robert Hooke’s scientific treatise of 1668 in which ice, snow, sand, feathers, fish scales and moss are put under the microscope in astonishing, otherworldly detail. Francis is an inspiring miniaturist whose witty connectivity delights. In Ladybird Summer, a plague of ladybirds is described “mating like Tiddlywinks”. This arresting poem then slides into a lament for a gone-wrong season.